Melissa Diane Powell-Long

Melissa Diane Powell-Long, 48 of Bloomington, IL left at 7:43am to be in the arms of her Lord on January 22, 2015 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Visitation will be from 4—6pm the day of her celebration of life service. Services will be at 6pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Pastors Bonnie and Tom Lentz officiating. Memorials may be directed to her brother John Powell to help defray the funeral expenses. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Melissa was born on July 19, 1966, the daughter of Floyd and Maryann Sizemore Powell.
Surviving are her three children, Natasha Powell, Normal, IL; Todd (Brittany) Kelly, Jr, Bloomington, IL; and Lesley Walker, Kansas City, MO. Also surviving are her parents, Floyd “Buddy” Powell, Gridley, IL; Maryann (Paul) Cline, Bloomington, IL; four siblings, Kevin (Sarah) Powell, John Powell, Kenny (Teresa) Powell, and Amy Clem, all reside in Bloomington, IL; step-sisters, Robin and Paula; and eleven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Adams.

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Robert “Bob” Fred Jesse

Robert “Bob” Fred Jesse, 63, of Bloomington died at 10:18 AM on Friday January 16, 2015 at his residence.

There will be a funeral service for Bob on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be a visitation from 9-11 AM Wednesday at the Memorial Home. Pastor Ed Taylor will officiate. Interment will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City at 3 PM Wednesday, January 21, 2015 where Military Honors will be directed by both active duty military and The Gibson City American Legion Post #568. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses.

Bob was born on March 18, 1951 in Bloomington to Fred and Rosella Roberts Jesse. He married Ruth Everly Smith on June 23, 1989 in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Rosella Jesse of Gibson City, three children, Jennifer Sutter of Normal, James (Michele Borth) Jesse of Lexington, Lyndsi (Derek Moederndorfer) Stevenson of Bloomington, two stepchildren, James (Kimberly Burks) Smith of Bloomington, Alexis (Austin) Anderson of Normal, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Barb (George) Meyer of Gibson City and Marilyn (Francis) Stevenson of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his father, and one brother Jim Jesse.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. He later worked as a machinist at Nestle-Beich in Bloomington for twenty-five years until his retirement in 2006. He enjoyed target shooting and watching NASCAR and Football on TV. He was a very caring and compassionate person. He was a member of Bloomington American Legion Carl S. Martin Post # 635 and was of the Christian Faith.

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Patrick Martin Cullen

Patrick Martin Cullen, 59, of Normal passed away at 12:20 PM on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at his residence.

Beck Memorial Home is handling arrangements for the family. There will be a celebration of Life on January 31, 2015 at 2 PM at The American Legion in Westville, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Patrick was born in Danville, IL on July 5, 1955 to Frank and Margaret Ann Dawless Cullen. He married Mary Groppi on March 18, 1978 in Danville. She survives. He is also survived by his mother Margaret Sepich of Lafayette, IN, his two children, Maggie Cullen of Normal and Katie Cullen of Bloomington, four grandchildren, Anna, Isabella, Ethan and Hayden, one sister, Connie Vandermark of Lafayette,IN , three brothers, Kevin (Laurie) Cullen of Lafayette, Matt (Julie) Groppi and Kane Groppi of Danville. He was preceded in death by his father.

Patrick received a Bachelor Degree from Illinois State University. He later owned and operated Washburn Flowers in Normal until his retirement in May of 2014. He enjoyed his weekly basketball games at ISU with his friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses.

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Beth Ann Sylvester

Beth Ann Sylvester, 52 of Normal, IL passed away suddenly on January 8, 2015 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 4—7pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Services will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:00am at the memorial home with Fr. David Halt officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, IL. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Elizabeth “Beth” was born on June 3, 1962 in Normal, IL, the daughter of Victor and Patricia Sylvester.
Surviving are her two beloved sons, Kevin Sylvester, and Trevor Nakaerts, both of Normal, IL; her dear siblings, Dan Sylvester, Milwaukee, WI; Ken (Pat) Sylvester, Normal, IL; Mike (Deb) Sylvester, Normal, IL; Chuck Sylvester, Normal, IL; Carol (Joe) Spence, Boone, IA. Also surviving is her father, Victor Sylvester, and many nieces and nephews. Beth was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Sylvester on January 31, 1999.

Beth was a very proud union member of the IBEW Local 197 Electrical Workers. She was also the past Reporting Secretary for the union. Beth was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Bloomington, IL.
She was a 1980 class graduate of Normal Community High School.

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Patricia Ann Lovins

Patricia Ann Lovins, 62 of Bloomington IL, passed away at 2:15 PM on Wednesday, January 07, 2015, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington IL

SERVICES: She was cremated a celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

VISITATION: There will be no visitation.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials be made to American Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals or Sterile Feral Foundation

Surviving is one son, John Lovins, Normal IL; two brothers, Mike and Roger; and two sisters,
Cindy and Angie

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Dana Kevin Luttrell

Mr. Dana Kevin Luttrell, age 60, of Normal, Ill., passed away at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at his residence.

A celebration of life party will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Cremation services are being provided by Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington, Ill.

Surviving are his wife, Lynn Luttrell of Normal, Ill.; seven children, John Jones, Tracy Jones, Mike Newell, Matt Newell, Corey Reed, Kianti Reed and Joshua Bond; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Mary Pat Kohn of Chicago, Ill

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Sherry D. Jordine,

Sherry D. Jordine, 77, of Bloomington, died at 7:12 a.m. Friday (Dec. 26, 2014) in Bloomington.

Service: none. Cremation rites will be accorded. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Survivors: five children, Floyd L. (Kim) Jordine, Normal; Tina D. Jordine, Kimberly S. Jordine and Lori A. (Tom) Strickler, all of Bloomington; Nancy K. (David) Beatty, Collierville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Phyllis Thompson, Bloomington.

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James I. Hays

     James I. Hays, 68 of Normal, IL, passed away at 4:48 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal IL.

A family graveside service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Camilla Hempstead will officiate. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal, IL. Cremations services are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

James was born March 13, 1946 in Normal, IL the son of Delmar Leo and Mary F. Shelton Hays.
Surviving are two brothers, John Lettner, Normal, IL; and Bill (Sue) Hays, Bloomington, IL; one niece, Kim (Troy) Kletz, Heyworth, IL; niece in-law, Cyndi Hays, Bloomington, IL. Also surviving are several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one nephew, Bill Hays, one great nephew, A.J. Hays.

He will be missed by all who knew him.


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Nola M. Clarenson

Nola M. Clarenson, 76 of Bloomington, passed away on Thursday (November 27, 2014) at 7:27pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday (December 2, 2014) at 10am at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington with Pastor Kevin Summers officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 9-10am on Tuesday at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Nola was born on January 18, 1938 in Coffeyville, Kansas the daughter of Everett Ward and Helen Ward Chastain.

She married Alfred “Jake” Clarenson on June 2, 1956 in Coffeyville, Kansas. He passed away on September 18, 2006.

Nola is survived by her children; Jill (David) Christiansen of Bloomington, Shelley (Ed) Shubert of Bloomington, Andy Clarenson of Utah, Chris (Tanya) Clarenson of Mackinaw and Matt (Maureen) Clarenson of Chatham. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and her sister and brothers; Bernice (Gerald) Crow of Thornton, CO, Robert (Lisa) Ward of Cherryvale, KS and David (Mary Jo) Ward of Coffeyville, KS.

She was preceded in death by; both parents and 1 granddaughter; Alyssa Clark.

Nola enjoyed sewing, quilting, cross stitching, crocheting, reading and watching old movies. Family was very important to her and will be greatly missed.

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Jessie Mae Watson

Jessie Mae Watson, 89 currently of Normal, formerly of Bloomington, IL passed away at 12:40am at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home, Chenoa, IL, on November 27, 2014.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 30, 2014, from 2—4pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Services will be on Monday, December 1, 2014 at the memorial home at 2pm, with T.J. Neeley officiating. Entombment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery mausoleum, Bloomington, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donors’ choice.

She was born on November 19, 1925, the daughter of Lawrence David and Bertha Nelle Myers Pope in Plains, KS. She married Donald Watson on April 23, 1948 in Bentonville, ARK; he preceded her in death on November 25, 1991.

Surviving are her children, Donitta (Mervill) Hall, Bloomington, IL; Jim (Lois) Watson, ElPaso, IL; Karen (Ron) Long, Normal, IL; Larry (Mary) Watson, Bloomington, IL; Billie Jo (Bob) Neeley, St. Elmo, IL; David Watson, Bloomington, IL; Linda (Steve) Schiller, Bartlett, IL; and Michael Watson, Farmer City, IL. Also surviving are her siblings, Ruth O’Brien, Newton, IA; Dale Pope, Ohio; Tom (Betty) Pope, Lewis, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jessie has 23 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Wilma Weinzierl, three sisters, and one brother.

She was a member of the Bloomington/Normal VFW and Fraternal Order of Eagles auxiliary.

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